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Date: Fri Jul 28 2000 - 08:42:43 EDT
U.N.: 27 governments ratify child labor treaty in f...
The Associated Press.
GENEVA (AP) -- Twenty-seven countries ratified a treaty banning the
worst forms of child labor, making it the largest number of signatories for
any labor agreement in a single year, the U.N. labor agency said Wednesday.
Signers of the treaty, approved during the International Labor
Organization's annual conference last June, include the United States,
Canada, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico.
"This rapid pace of ratification is evidence of the growing support for
global action against child labor, particularly its worst forms, and gives
us hope that the elimination of this scourge will become a reality for
millions of children who face exploitation today," said Juan Somavia, ILO
The treaty requires states to ban children from working in dangerous
jobs such as mining and illegal occupations like prostitution, pornography
and drug trafficking. It will come into force on Nov. 19.
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